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Unread 1st of June, 2002, 12:17
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i figured since the "meet the crew" thread was so successful we should get to know each other some more

when i get to know some things i find that an important clue to personality is what kinds of things you are interested in. so fill in some of things below like i'm about to do

favorite muscial groups/styles/people?
i like punk,modern rock, classic rock, jazz, ska, swing, and what i like to call "nerd rock" (weezer, barenaked ladies, etc.)
some of my favorite groups: NOFX, Bad Religion, Beck, Counting Crows, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, REM, Ben Folds Five (and BF's solo work)....many others but those jumped to mind


favorite movies?
i have not been able to put this list in actual order of favorites, but here are some of the best: Reservoir Dogs, American Beauty, Fight Club, Usual Suspects, Apocalypse Now, all of Kevin Smith's works, oh, and the Matrix, Star Wars, Monty Python's Holy Grail...that's a good list


favorite books?
i love to read...my interests are quite eclectic. oftentimes i'm in the middle of a comptuer book, a philosophy book, a chess book, some other non-fiction (medieval history is a big subject for me), and a novel...favorite authors/books: Hitchhiker's Guide series (by Douglas Adams), Ayn Rand, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, Anne Rice's vampire books, Joseph Heller (Catch-22 a must read)


so, how about you guys? oh, and if you tink of othe rinteresting questions post them.

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Okay, here goes.

Music: I usually like the harder stuff (metal/industrial, like NIN, Ministry, FLA, Tool, etc). I can go for classical on occasion; Beethoven's 9th Symphony 2nd Movement is my favorite, and I like many of his sonatas. I also enjoy violin music, though my efforts to learn to play were disastrous.

Movies: Not a big movie fan. The ones you listed are all pretty good, though I didn't care much for the Matrix and I'm very sick of all the Star Wars hype (still the only one in the office who hasn't seen the new one). I do like David Lynch movies (Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead)-- the weirder, the better.

Books: As far as fiction, mostly sci-fi, some horror. I usually prefer to read nonfiction, anything from Chaos to Nietzsche.
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music: eclectic, if somewhat random assortment...

right now i'm into jazz fusion, funk, and rap. i've got over 500 CD's and 30 Gig of .mp3's, though, from all genre's and artists. some of my favorites include,

Steely Dan, Willie Nelson, Medeski Martin and Wood, Five Eight, Pearl Jam, NOFX, the Jesus Lizard, Paul Simon, Al DiMeola, Tool/A Perfect Circle, Tchaikovsky, the "Hair" Soundtrack, early Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, the Jackson Five, U2, Moby, Snoop Dogg, etc. etc. etc.

by far, the best is Frank Zappa, i'm astounded by everything he's ever done or influenced.

long story short, i'm a music fiend.

movies: i like action, mystery, and smart comedy. dislike dumb, physical, or gross comedy. caper-pics are good (Ocean's Eleven, Heat, The Sting, etc.). like martial arts / samurai epics. some of my favorites,

Pleasantville, all Indiana Jones, most of the Connery and Brosnan Bonds, Usual Suspects, all Cohen Brothers (Fargo, Raising Arizona, Hudsucker Proxy), Hunt for Red October, the first Batman, Blues Brothers...

books: Philip K. Dick, Heinlen, and Asimov for sci-fi, John Irving for fiction, Charles Bukowski for poetry/fiction, i also read a lot of nonfiction science/math (Chaos, Stephen Hawking, evolution). i tried reading some of the more popular fantasy fiction, but didn't care for it (Dragonlance, FR, etc.). i read a lot of gardening / botany stuff, too. oh, i dig anne rice as well, but i like the mayfair witches more than the vampires, except for "Queen of the Damned", her best IMO.

favorites, "Prayer for Owen Meany" and "Widow for One Year" by John Irving, "UBIK" and "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" by Philip K. Dick, "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlen.
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wow saint, i'm amazed to find someone else that has the ability to like NOFX and Al Dimeola. Excellent.

and i can't believe i forgot heinlein in my list..."Stranger in a Strange Land" was excellent

and "Queen of the Damned" was by far her best
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Hrm. Let's see.

My music taste veries with my emotional state. I'll always listen to Brit Pop (Ash, Bis, Blur, Pulp, and so on), But I also like Ministry/Skinny Puppy, and most of the bands Osiris mentioned. I like the various kinds of Techno, from Prodigy to the lighter stuff. Weird Al and the B-52's are big influences in my life, and I also listen to Dave Mathews, and....er....*cough*Enya*cough*.

My favorate movies, again changing order to fit my mood, include L.A. Story, Joe vs. The Volcano, Toys, Dark City, Event Horizon, and King Kong vs. Godzilla(The American version, where King Kong whips ass...as he should). Teeny-bopper movies like American Pie and Scream send me into a psychotic rage.

Books....I'm on a big Stephen King trip, which has lasted a few years. My favorate Series is the Dark Tower set, because of the intense concentration on theme....my movies and books have to be crammed full of theme. Insomnia is another favorate book by him...I've red a lot of his other stuff, hoping to find another book as good. But it all ranges in the "okay" area, it seems.

As for Fantasy, I shy away from the RPG-inspired ones unless I'm desperate. Another fav of mine is a cheapy fiction, "The Son of the Hero" by Rick Shelley. He really pulls you into the character, pulling off a difficult style of narration to do so. It also has some of the best, most tastefully done sex parts I've seen in cheap fiction.

My favorate poet would be Robert Frost, although my favorate Poem would be Annabelle Lee, the only good thing to come from Eddy Poe.

<Looking up> Wow, I ramble....Okay, that's enough for now.
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Unread 4th of June, 2002, 23:09
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Dark tower is awesome - he is supposed to be finishing it up in the next couple o years...i can't wait
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Unread 4th of June, 2002, 23:51
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i concur, his best work. just hope he finishes before his rumored macular degeneration leaves him blind.

as for the combo of jazz/punk, i worked in college radio during my undergraduate career, did a 2-hour jazz show, followed by a 2-hour alternative show. noone believed it was the same person for both shows
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I liked Stephen King's earlier stuff (Shining, Christine, Stand), but his later works just seemed to get more gory and less suspenceful. I never read the Dark Tower... it's pretty good then?
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very good. it's an epic story that follows the Joseph Campbell-prescribed formula for epics (much like the Iliad/Odyssey, or A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi).

while it has its share of gore and fan-service sex, it serves as King's defining fable. if he's ever to be known in the elitist literature circuit, it's going to be for the Dark Tower Saga.
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so, good vacation-type-trip???
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It was excellent. I did nothing all day but read, play chess, swim in the lake, boat, play games and eat. I did get heat rash and sun burnt but that was my own fault and only a small annoyance compared to how awesome the week was.

Thanks for asking. :-)
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sounds great, i could use something like that, just a week of nothing special.
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i recommend it
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name a song that....

reminds you of an ex-lover: RHCP "i could have lied"

reminds you of an ex-friend: Pantera, "Walk"

makes you cry: Tori Amos, "Me and a Gun"

makes you laugh: TMBG, "I Palindrome I"

reminds you of the one you want: NIN, "Closer"

you wish you wrote: Steely Dan, "Kid Charlemagne"

you never want to hear again: Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama

you want to get married to: Steely Dan, "Haitian Divorce"

you want played at your funeral: Zappa, "Watermelon in Easter Hay"

makes you want to mosh: Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

sums up your teenage years: Alice In Chains, "Bleed the Freak"

you used to hate but now love: Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity"

you like to wake up to: Zappa, "what will this evening bring me this morning?"

you like out of your parents record collection: Jerry Jeff Walker & Gary P. Nunn, "London Homesick Blues(theme to Austin City Limits)"

you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Jethro Tull, "Minstrel in the Gallery"

makes you think of someone who died?: Beatles, "Happiness is a Warm Gun"

you love the video more than the tune: Tool, "Sober"

reminds you of your first crush: Black Crows, "Hard to Handle"

you love which is from your favorite movie: Aimee Mann, "Wise Up" from Magnolia

makes you think of the moon: Mozart, "Eine Kleine Nacht Musik"

makes you think of stars: Indigo Girls "Galileo"

makes you think of the sun: TMBG "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas...)"

makes you think of the night: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Right Place, Wrong Time"

makes you think of sex: Tom Jones, "you can leave your hat on"

makes you think of being alone: Blind Melon, "Drive"

you love to hear at clubs: Five-Eight, "Weirdo"

has only been released recently but you love already: norah jones, "don't know why"
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Unread 17th of July, 2002, 14:21
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name a song that....

reminds you of an ex-lover: I don't have one but I'll take for laughs Ben Folds "Give Me My Money Back You Bitch"

reminds you of an ex-friend: Sonic Youth "Schizophrenia"

makes you cry: Dido "My Lover's Gone"

makes you laugh: i'll take TMBG as well "Violin"

reminds you of the one you want: Barenaked Ladies "Alternative Girlfriend"

you wish you wrote: Tenacious D "Wonderboy"

you never want to hear again: Anything by Brittaney Spears

you want to get married to: Monkeys "I'm a Believer" or Ben Folds "Luckiest"

you want played at your funeral: Bad Religion "Cease"

makes you want to mosh: Misfits "Hollywood Babylon"

sums up your teenage years: REM "Everybody Hurts"

you used to hate but now love: Eminem "Shady's Back"

you like to wake up to: U2 "Beautiful Day"

you like out of your parents record collection: Billy Joel "Piano Man"

you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Barenaked Ladies "Million Dollars"

makes you think of someone who died?: Nirvana "About a Girl"

you love the video more than the tune: Fatboy Slim - the one w/ Christopher Walken dancing and flying

reminds you of your first crush: TMBG "First Kiss"

you love which is from your favorite movie: Pixies "Where Is My Mind" - Fight Club

makes you think of the moon: Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight"

makes you think of stars: REM "Night Swimming"

makes you think of the sun: I have to take the TMBG song as well - too perfect

makes you think of the night: Ben Folds Five "Lullaby"

makes you think of sex: NIN "Closer"

makes you think of being alone: Ben Folds Five "Brick"

you love to hear at clubs: Iggy Pop "Lust For Life" (i've never heard it there but it would be cool)

has only been released recently but you love already: Counting Crows "American Girls"
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name a song that....

reminds you of an ex-lover: Blind Melon "No Rain"

reminds you of an ex-friend: Metallica "Holier Than Thou"

makes you cry: Tool "H"

makes you laugh: AC/DC "Big Balls"

reminds you of the one you want: Delerium "Silence"

you wish you wrote: Chemlab "Pink"

you never want to hear again: Beastie Boys (anything)

you want to get married to: NIN "Something I Can Never Have"

you want played at your funeral: NIN "Downward Spiral (The Bottom)"

makes you want to mosh: Ministry "Flashback"

sums up your teenage years: Ministry "So What"

you used to hate but now love: Pink Floyd "Time"

you like to wake up to: Statemachine "Thermal Noise"

you like out of your parents record collection: Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"

you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Adam Ant "Goody Two Shoes"

makes you think of someone who died?: Numb "Blood"

you love the video more than the tune: Dirty Vegas "Days Go By"

reminds you of your first crush: Def Leppard "Love Bites"

you love which is from your favorite movie: Seat Belts "Tank" (Cowboy Bebop)

makes you think of the moon: Metallica "Of Wolf and Man"

makes you think of stars: Econoline Crush "Sparkle and Shine"

makes you think of the sun: Chemlab "Pyromance"

makes you think of the night: Cure "Burn"

makes you think of sex: Public Image Ltd "The Order of Death"

makes you think of being alone: Tool "Third Eye"

you love to hear at clubs: Covenant "Stalker"

has only been released recently but you love already: Korn "Here to Stay"
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name a song that....

reminds you of an ex-lover: Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

reminds you of an ex-friend: Runaways "Cherry Bomb"

makes you cry: Poe "If You Were Here"

makes you laugh: Tenacious D "City Hall"

reminds you of the one you want: Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight"

you wish you wrote: Counting Crows "Hard Candy"

you never want to hear again: Any Creed single (I can't choose just one)

you want to get married to: Lifehouse "Everything"

you want played at your funeral: Sarah Mclachlan "Last Dance" (All instrumental - piano)

makes you want to mosh: Death Angel "Bored"

sums up your teenage years: Goo Goo Dolls - Acoustic 3

you used to hate but now love: Linkin' Park "In The End"

you like to wake up to: Ben Folds Five "Philosophy"

you like out of your parents record collection: Doobie Brothers "Takin' It To The streets" or any of his piano CDs (I had to add that in)

you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Sarah Mclachlan "Dear God"

makes you think of someone who died?: Jekyll & Hyde "Once Upon A Dream"

you love the video more than the tune: Dave Matthews Band "Everyday" (This guy is just hugging everyone he sees)

reminds you of your first crush: Fiona Apple "Shadow Boxer

you love which is from your favorite movie: Roxeanne Tango from Moulin Rouge

makes you think of the moon: R.E.M. "Man on the Moon" (I really couldn't think of anything else for this. I tried.)

makes you think of stars: Fuel "Shimmer"

makes you think of the sun: Incubus "Pardon Me"

makes you think of the night: Barenaked Ladies "When You Dream"

makes you think of sex: Poe "Hey Pretty" (Both versions)

makes you think of being alone: DMB "The Dreaming Tree"

you love to hear at clubs: Daft Punk "Harder Better Faster Stronger"

has only been released recently but you love already: Counting Crows "Black and Blue"
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